College Couture

23 May

When I walked into the textiles room at Middlesbrough College my eyes were soon taken in by the amount of hand-made courtue clothes.

There were plenty of pieces that looked right at home with the current spring/summer trends in Topshop including a divine red polkadot 50s style dress and a very haute couture skirt that was made seemingly out strips of clear plastic.

The students were sat around XL cutting tables trimming fabric to dress patterns or completely focused on the sewing machines taking up hems.

On Wednesday May 25th from 6pm – 9pm, Middlesbrough College will be holding a catwalk show with over 50 handmade garments by the first and second year fashion textiles and art & design students.

The catwalk show will comprise of many different collections including a sequined galore circus theme and a 50’s inspired show complete with circle skirts and plenty of rock ‘n’ roll.

I took to the textiles room floor and felt v. Tim Gunn in Project Runway but I wasn’t going to go from garment to garment slagging each one off – well not out loud anyway 😉 jk.

Sophie Metcalfe, 20, talked me through her decadent design for the fashion show. Inspired by tudor architecture Sophie created a hot little croped number which is going to be teamed with a charcoal peplum maxi skirt.

The top itself is made out of plastic with a screen printed hand-made pattern placed on top which will be showed during the recycled materials part of the fashion show and I can’t wait to see it on the catwalk!


Sophie also created a stunning sheer black dress in the same Tudor  architecture style which IMO would look amazing with a pair of spiked Vivenne Westwood patent platforms.

Corey Bulmer, 19, talked us through his one-of-a-kind design for the end of year college show – think models turning into an art studio – it’s AMAZING! – take my word for it.

Watch my video with the talented textiles student below.

Jade Jinks, 18, talked us through her animal inspired collection  ball gowns with elements of leopard print and faux fur to asymmetrical ruffled numbers motivated by the cool blue shades of the sea, bright patterned butterflies and pretty peacocks.

“I’m VERY excited to see my outfits on the catwalk, I have four garments to show as well as two hats and a bag” said Jade.

“This is my first step into the world of fashion design and I hope to follow in the footsteps of local designer to the stars Kate Fearnley.”

Students from the other art and design courses will also be showing their work at the end of year Middlesbrough Fashion Week show including the photography, product design and fine art students.

Watch the video below for an interview with Claire Tripconey – head lecturer in textiles at Middlesbrough College. 


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